THE WALL

Angelika gave Stefan a lingering kiss and turned away from him. Outside the window the dark night was interrupted by the bright spotlights that lit up the grey wall, the barbed wire fencing and the empty no-mans land that lay between her and the promise of freedom in the West.

‘It’s time,’ Stefan whispered.

Angelika nodded. ‘I will see you in Paris.’

Stefan smiled. ‘In three days.’

Angelika lifted herself over the window sill. With a last look back, she dropped silently to the ground below. Crouched in the shadows she drew in a large breath. One sharp sprint and jump and she would be in West Berlin.

Now. She rose and powered forward, her legs propelling her faster than she thought she could ever run. As she reached the wall she leapt, sighting the handhold Stefan had pointed out to her. As she grasped for it she realised she wasn’t going to reach it. Her body slammed into the wall and slid to the ground.

A siren began to blare as the spotlight swung and settled over her. She heard vicious dogs snarling as they raced towards her and the sound of a machine gun bolt being cocked.


188-01-january-1st-2017
© A Mixed Bag

Written as part of Sunday Photo Fiction. Write a story of around 200 words based on the photo prompt given (above). For more details visit HERE.

To read more stories based on this week’s prompt, visit HERE.

36 responses to “THE WALL”

  1. I quite enjoyed this. Such a desperate situation described in so few words. Nicely done! ☺

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks Adam, much appreciated 🙂

      Like

  2. I am so glad that wall does not exist any more… Although if Trump gets his way there will be another one in a different place signifying the same kind of dangers for people. Scary thought. A very well written piece 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks Angie, I’m hopeful there are enough sensible people in America to make sure that doesn’t happen!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. I hope that you are right!

        Liked by 1 person

  3. I remember quite a few TV shows and movies from the 1960s that went along these lines. The Cold War permeated everything from comedies, to spy thrillers, to science fiction.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Certainly did, and I do like the spy genre in particular. Thanks James.

      Like

  4. Brings back memories of the cold war era, but I’m sure it’s happened countless times since then. We should somehow make sure that it stops forever.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Agreed Graham, if only there was a simple solution, or if people would just be nicer to each other…

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Nicely ominous. I like the tension.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Oh dear. This definitely takes you back to the cold war. And with the threatening events in the Middle East today, this could be repeating.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks Maria, let’s hope things improve this year and not get worse.

      Like

  7. Quite tense. Nicely written.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. A touch of Le Carré here, Iain, excellent piece.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. A great compliment, one of my favourites.

      Like

  9. Tense and intense. Not just cold war leaps for freedom — happens daily when people try to free oppression and don’t make it. Timely piece.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks Lorraine, glad you liked it.

      Like

  10. Well written. A real vision of the horrors people have experienced in a reach for freedom. Very sad and troubling.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. I love the tension in this, Iain. Some great word choices.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Many thanks, much appreciated.

      Liked by 1 person

  12. They were terrible times. You brought memories flooding back. Excellent.
    Click to read my tale

    Liked by 1 person

  13. I remember days like this. Stories of people who tried and failed, only to be gunned down.

    A good story of the desperation. Glad it has gone.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks, let’s hope it doesn’t return…

      Liked by 1 person

  14. Nicely built up Iain

    Liked by 1 person

  15. Well done. Such intrigue in so few words. Enjoyed!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks Roger, much appreciated.

      Like

  16. A frightening ending Ian. The reader really wonders what comes next and there’s this feeling it isn’t a good thing for this guy’s wife. Far worse places to escape from sadly!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Afraid so Mandi, plenty of walls around the world today. Thanks for reading.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Too many. Maybe more lol. Think Mexico will pay for that?

        Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: